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This past week I started another chapter, and have yet to complete it, though I got roughly 25 pages into it. For the past two weeks I have been quite ill, and so my productivity dramatically fell; however, I still managed to start and finish a 45 page chapter and get 25 pages into another chapter. Now that I am starting to feel better again, my productivity on this book should increase and soar to new heights, as I am feeling increasingly motivated to push through and write what needs to be written.

In regards to Financial Information: This past week I worked 21 hours @ $15/hour, making a total payment of $315.00, and with total donations for the week at $0.00, the remaining budget for the Project stands at roughly $650.00. It would be great if donations could keep coming in, so please support the Project in any way you can, thanks!

As for my current chapter, it leads directly off of the last one, which was a history of mass education, university education, and defining a concept of “social control.” From that, I lead into the origins of organized philanthropy, the emergence of the foundations in the Progressive Era, their flirtations and participation (funding) with the eugenics movement at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the impact eugenics had on the developing ideas of the public, the social order, education, and psychology at the beginning of the century. I move into discussing how the foundations, armed with the ideology of “social control”, infused with the ideas of the eugenics movement, moved into the realm of educational reform. This is where I have reached at this point in the chapter, and there is a great deal more to write on this one. There was a great quote in an exchange between John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Charles Davenport (who was the chairman of the Eugenics Record Office, funded by the Carnegie Corporation), in which they were discussing the notion of “social engineering” in 1913, and Rockefeller referred to the classes of people below the elite as the “criminal classes.” ‘Tis quite revealing in terms of reflecting the attitudes of our oligarchs for the ‘common’ people.

The rest of the chapter will, as they do, take on a life of its own. But the general direction I am aiming for it to traverse is an examination of the role of foundations (especially Rockefeller, Carnegie, and later Ford) in shaping the social sciences as a means of social engineering and with the intent of social control. It will certainly be a fascinating chapter from the perspective of understanding how these little-understood institutions have shaped our educational system, and the very way we think; they have, in fact, constructed “knowledge.”

Thank you again for all your support, and please continue to support the Project through donations and promoting the venture through word-of-mouth.



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